One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, denoting, or typical of an introvert.
shy, reserved, withdrawn, reticent, diffident, retiring, quiet, timid, timorous, meek, bashful, unsociableView synonyms
- ‘An introverted infant will remain introverted for life, suggests recent research.’
- ‘At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved.’
- ‘I'm much more introverted and reflective, quieter really.’
- ‘He's a quiet, introverted type who hasn't ever begun a Relationship Conversation with me, so I'm pretty sure that it's up to me to get the ball rolling.’
- ‘Luke had become an introverted, timid, and overly cautious lover.’
- ‘We tend to just be all introverted and quiet around each other and then pine for the missed intellectual discourse we could have had.’
- ‘It's funny to see a quiet and introverted practice like mediation as potentially revolutionary, but I think it can be, if it lead you to question your received ideas and attitudes.’
- ‘Confucian culture has had a strong influence on sex roles, producing the stern and extroverted male, and the loving, introverted, and submissive female.’
- ‘The introverted Minnesotan in me began to panic.’
- ‘For example, in any group of people some may be reserved and introverted, while others may be extremely boisterous and extroverted.’
- ‘This work connected the introverted poet with a new and surprisingly outer-directed passion that would affect many lives.’
- ‘Children experiencing high control but low cohesion have been found to be more introverted and depressed.’
- ‘I think, all evidence to the contrary, she was pleasantly surprised when I turned out to be a studious, introverted, bashful child.’
- ‘Television is full of people like me, introverted egomaniacs.’
- ‘He's so quiet and introverted, but Kay, I like him so much!’
- ‘The singer's compelling, pensive and introverted lyrics were delivered with an unusual diffidence from a band enjoying their level of success.’
- ‘Some evidence suggests that individuals susceptible to mistaken memories are significantly more dissociative, introverted, and more imaginative than those not susceptible.’
- ‘Type-A were considered introverted perfectionists while type-AB were an unpredictable, distant lot.’
- ‘At school age they become cautious, quiet and introverted.’
- ‘Though somewhat shy and introverted, you possess a quiet depth and your goodness radiates.’
- 1.1 (of a community, company, or other group) concerned principally with its own affairs; inward-looking or parochial.
narrow-minded, small-minded, provincial, insular, narrow, small-town, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, conventional, short-sighted, petty, close-minded, blinkered, myopic, illiberal, hidebound, intolerantView synonyms
- ‘Much of the time the different communities lived in introverted quarters, clustered around a mosque, a church or a synagogue.’
- ‘But it does in a curious way confirm what the Foreign Office minister Brian Wilson was saying on the eve of this conference, that there is a danger devolution could be making Scotland rather more insular and introverted.’
- ‘We are not swearing allegiance to an introverted, self serving club but declaring our intentions to help those who place themselves in our care and the community at large.’
- ‘It was the culmination of Salmond's transformation of the SNP from an introverted nationalist club into the principal opposition in the first Scottish parliament in 300 years.’
- ‘Now as Western society becomes more introverted and private, such spaces are under threat, but the need remains for poetic and pragmatic responses to public life.’
- ‘Think of how grey, introverted, small-minded and parochial Scotland can sometimes be.’
- ‘Sectionalism and the Civil War exacerbated these conditions, giving rise to xenophobia and a more introverted society.’
(of an organ or other body part) turned or pushed inward on itself.
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